WARNING: My opinion ahead!

Yesterday I was actually in tears over the inhumane murder of Cecil, a partially tame lion in Zimbabwe. I wrote a post about it, and as I am prone to do when I’m writing with a lot of emotion, I set it aside until I had time to reflect. (Yup, I’ve been accused of paralysis by analysis more than once.)

This morning I was so glad I hadn’t posted because someone with a lot more influence summed up my feelings far better than I ever could.

Thanks Jimmy, for putting my thoughts into words so beautifully. You even went to that “manhood” thing that I was thinking, but avoiding.

In my fantasy world, Walter James Palmer of Eden Park, Minnesota, Theo Bronkhorst of Zimbabwe and Honest Ndlovu, also of Zimbabwe, would be placed into a den with at least 3 lions. Let’s see how manly these guys are without bait or a weapon.

Of course I recognize that this issue is much bigger than game hunting, trophy hunting, or hunting in general. We start with a society that rewards and fawns over those who spend their holiday stalking and killing another being, throw in a bunch of people who have so much money that they think they have the right to kill anything they want, and then mix it all up in an impoverished nation with an allegedly corrupt government. Bingo. The solution will involve more than destroying Walter James Palmer’s dental practice – those in Zimbabwe (and other nations) will have to find a way to prevent their own people from enabling poaching and illegal hunting.

Until yesterday I was on the fence about things like fox hunting and game hunting. Cecil’s painful, unnecessary death pushed me over to the animal side of the fence. It’s not much, but maybe if a few of us are really moved and we speak out then there will never be another Cecil, or another Walter James Palmer who thinks it’s ‘fun’ to spend his holiday killing an animal.

RIP Cecil.

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7 thoughts on “Wish I said that. Or, RIP Cecil

  1. I hate what Palmer and his gang did to Cecil just as much as the next person, but I am not liking this Internet lynch mob thing either. We are supposed to be able rational and use our higher level brains and here we are holding kangaroo court. Meanwhile, he is getting death threats. There are Internet calls to illegally extradite him to Zimbabwe, and people are calling for him to be put into pens with lions and calling him limp-dicked. Palmer is a husband and a father. Imagine all the toll this is taking on them. Where is the due process in all of this? Like I said, I abhor what he and his guides did, but I want to know more about what happened, and I do not want his family to suffer because of what he did.

    I think we use these flash points where we can safely show our outrage because the bigger cases where we really need to show the outrage are too overwhelming and divisive.

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    1. I actually find it encouraging to see such an enormous outpouring of emotion. It says to me that we’re not all dead inside and only concerned with the Kardashians. Sometimes you open up a little corner of your heart because of a Lion and before you know it you’re looking at the world with more humanity.

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      1. I certainly don’t expect that sort of emotion from a celebrity on air. That is like going to a Chinese restaurant and ordering a slice of pizza.

        The problem with enormous outbursts of emotion is that they overshadow the facts and make people act irrationally, like I mentioned above. They also lock people into one way of thinking without considering the nuances.

        For example, Botswana has banned big game hunting. It is reaping the benefits of tourism from its photo safaris. That’s wonderful, you say. However, the elephants are trampling on the locals’ crops. It’s a lot easier to try to dictate what is going on when we are over here and not feeling the effect.

        Even the World Wildlife Fund begrudgingly advocates hunting under specific and limited circumstances.

        http://www.wwf.org.uk/wwf_articles.cfm?unewsid=6766

        Like I said, I absolutely hated what Palmer and his cohorts did. It did make me angry. But that does mean I have to sharpen my pitchfork and light my torch. It means I have to look more into the issue and figure out more of what is going on.

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      2. I really do appreciate your very thoughtful, rational comments. It does make me pause. Part of me still has a pitchfork, but I absolutely agree that we need to look a bit deeper. This country is so fired up emotionally these days.

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